The Queen's Chronicles
Inspiration for an Influential, Passionate and Powerful Maturity
June/July 2010
In This Issue
Mockingbird Queen
Slave Poet
On Slavery
Little Woman - Great War
Sojourner Truth

Queen Mama Donna


Donna Henes is an internationally renowned urban shaman, award-winning author, popular speaker and workshop leader whose joyful celebrations of celestial events have introduced ancient traditional rituals and contemporary ceremonies to millions of people in more than 100 cities since 1972. She has published four books, a CD, an acclaimed quarterly journal and currently writes for the Huffington Post, Beliefnet and UPI (United Press International) Religion and Spirituality Forum. Mama Donna, as she is affectionately called, maintains a ceremonial center, spirit shop, ritual practice and consultancy in Exotic Brooklyn, NY where she offers intuitive tarot readings and spiritual counseling and works with individuals, groups, institutions, municipalities and corporations to create meaningful ceremonies for every imaginable occasion.

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In May The Queen of My Self reached #1 in the new age/spirituality/goddess category on Amazon.com!

"Finally, an archetype of midlife power and maturity that I can relate to - The Queen. Thank you Donna for providing this much-needed missing piece of women's wisdom."

- Christiane Northrup, M.D.,
author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause

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"What would I have done without your support during my raging midlife upheaval? You offered me your ear, your advice, your blessings and your wide open heart. I am seeing the light at the end of my long dark tunnel now and am finally excited about my future. Thank you so much for being there for me."
- Sarah, IL
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The transition from Maiden and Mother to Queen can be a difficult one, fraught with hard lessons and lots of loss. It takes great determination and courage to confront and embrace the changes brought about by the midlife passage.

It can be really helpful during this confusing time to have the inspiration, advice and encouragement of a counselor/coach/mentor - someone who has been there and done that and is ready to help you do the same.

Queen Mama Donna offers upbeat, practical and ceremonial guidance for individual women and groups who want to enjoy the fruits of an enriching, influential, purposeful, passionate, and powerful maturity.

Ever since I first introduced The Queen as a helpful archetype for midlife women, I have received hundreds of requests for detailed instructions on how to become a Queen.
"Dear Mama Donna," women would write, "I want to be a Queen, too. How do I access my power? How can I feel good about myself? How do I change my life? How do I find magic and spiritual wisdom? How do I know what to do? How do I learn how to rule?"
The reality is that I cannot possibly know how anyone else will attain her Queendom, I only know how I came into mine, and that is largely through hindsight. The truth, my truth, at least, is that there is no one true truth. We must each find our own way in this world.
As a shaman, I teach through example, but not through dictum. I can and do offer information, exposure, personal experience, encouragement, inspiration, suggestions and support to my constituents, but I cannot - dare not - pass judgment or establish rules and laws. It is simply not for me to say.
When you come to me for help and spiritual guidance, I listen to your concerns and embrace your needs. I pat you on the back, give you a good, swift kick in the butt, or let you cry on my shoulder, as needed. I can tell you what I did in such and such situation, how I did it, what I learned from this or that lesson, but I cannot tell you what you should do. How do I know what your soul needs?
Only you know what you know. I can, of course, aid you in reaching into the well of your own deepest wisdom, and help you to hear the messages from your best inner Selves. And I can offer tools and practices to help you develop the confidence to follow your own purpose, path, passion and power.
A woman who I have been working with recently told me that I had changed her life. "Well, no, of course, I didn't, honey," I assured her. "You changed your own life." The fact of the matter remains that I could not give her what was not already hers.


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Sessions are available in person and by phone. To make an appointment, call 718-857-1343 or email the Queen at TheQueenOfMySelf@aol.com

There is no chance, no destiny, no fate that can hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox 

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JULY 1-31
1/3 off reading for July Birthdays. In person or by phone.
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SETTING IT WRITE: Journal Keeping for Healing, Sanity, Clarity & Wisdom
A Spirit Support Skills Workshop 
Learn how to track your innermost feelings, ideas, plans, goals, ambitions, aspirations and experiences, and turn them into your own psychic support system.
Available for download if you missed it!
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WEDNESDAY, 11:00AM-5:00PM   
With Mama Donna                      
Leapin Lizards                        
123 Main Street
Freeport, ME 04101
For info and reservations:
(207) 221-2363
MEANING, MOXIE & MAJESTY IN MIDLIFE A workshop and ritual with Mama Donna Henes

Are you in your middle years or about to enter them? Are you living your true potential and following your fondest dreams? If not, why not? And if not now, when? Now is the time to leave behind old patterns that no longer serve you and to make way for the Queen - that wonderful midlife stage of mature empowerment that is rightfully yours to enjoy.
This inspirational evening will culminate in a Royal Coronation Crowning Ceremony, after which you will be ready to ascend the throne of conscientious leadership, with all the tools you need to redeem and transform your life and the whole planet.
Leapin Lizards                        
123 Main Street
Freeport, ME 04101
For info and reservations:
(207) 221-2363
THURSDAY, 11:00 AM-5:00 PM   
With Mama Donna                       
Leapin Lizards                        
449 Forest Avenue
Portland, ME 04101
For info and reservations:
(207) 221-2363
THURSDAY, 6:30 PM   
A Workshop and Ritual with Mama Donna Henes
We women are often afraid of our own power. Afraid to be thought of as pushy or bitchy if we assert ourselves willfully. But wise women wield power wisely and the planet is in desperate need of our wisdom. We have held back long enough. We must claim our rightful duties as healers, leaders, and visionaries. We have the whole world in our hands. In this ritual workshop, we will celebrate our stature and our strength. And we will en-COURAGE ourselves to exert our influence and moral authority. Join popular spiritual teacher Mama Donna Henes and drum up your purpose, passion and power!                         
Leapin Lizards                        
449 Forest Avenue
Portland, ME 04101
For info and reservations:
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1/3 off reading for August Birthdays. In person or by phone.
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NOTING THE PROCESS OF THE NOTING THE PROCESS: Keeping Track of Your Transformation
A Spirit Support Skills Workshop. 
Learn how to organize and make sense of the patterns created by the signs, symbols, impulses, omens and instinctual messages from your personal inner guidance so that they can help you create a more meaningful, effective and satisfactory life.
$60 if you register for all 3 teleclasses in the second series++
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1/3 off reading for September Birthdays. In person or by phone.
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Interview with Deidre Hughey on 3 Steps Forward Radio.

Join Mama Donna for a sunset ceremony on the first day of Fall.
This is a family friendly event. Bring kids, dogs, drums, percussion instruments and plenty of spirit.
Grand Army Plaza, Park Slope, Exotic Brooklyn.
Meet at the Fountain. 2/3 train to Grand Army Plaza
For info: 718-857-1343
1/3 off reading for October Birthdays. In person or by phone.
For info: 718-857-1343
Mama Donna presents the opening ritual for the Inner Fall Fling Gathering, which will continue through Sunday, October 31.
Catherine Hall at Seva Retreat/Elkins Estate
1750 Ashbourne Road
Elkins Park, PA
For information and reservations: innerfling@gmail.com


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Ask Your Mama
Pagan Pages
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The Queen of My Self: Meaning, Moxie and Majesty for Midlife Women


Recent Articles about QMD:

*The Examiner Part 2
*The Examiner Part 1
The Huffington Post
Writing for Life Blog
National Public Radio
Columbia Daily Tribune
The Daily Beast

Recent Articles by QMD:
*LA Times
Spirited Woman Part 1
Spirited Woman Part 2
Spirited Woman Part 3
*Spirited Woman Part 4
Tales from the Velvet Chamber
USA Today

Regular Articles:

Recent Radio Interviews:
Universal Hope Radio with Gail Bongalis
Maryanne Live with Maryanne Comaroto
Weaving the Web of the World Radio
Dispelling the Myths Radio

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Even if I don't reach all my goals, I've gone higher than I would have if I hadn't set any.
 - Danielle Fotopoulis

Jerri Allyn, CA; Lauren Curtis, NJ; Susan Danis, CA; Swaha Devi, NY; Karen Fitzgerald, NY; Cheri Gaulke, CA; Barbara Hammer, NY; Marjorie Kouns, NY; Beverly Naidus, WA; Sarah Reynolds, NY; Muriel Stockdale, NY; Robin Tewes, NY; Linda Vallejo, CA, and Vijali, NM; on the exhibitions of their work.
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Send your good news, achievements, accomplishments, successes and celebrations so that our international circle of sovereign sisters can send you blessings and accolades.
And we are glad to so. It is a joy and a privilege to share in the fortune of another woman. I recently heard Oprah say the saddest thing ever - "The hardest thing about being successful is having someone to be glad for you."

It takes a centered and confident Queen to break that pattern. There are 60 million thrones out there. One for each of us. There is plenty of purpose, passion and power for us all. May we use it well!

It is important that you recognize your progress and take pride in your accomplishments. Share your achievements with others. Brag a little. The recognition and support of those around you is nurturing.
- Rosemarie Rossetti
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 Hail Queens!

  It is so damn easy to
  feel depressed,
  frustrated and
  disillusioned right now. In light of the widespread oppression, manipulation and intimidation that surrounds us today, we need to say something. There are signs everywhere in the subways of New York City that say, "If you see something, say something."
We Queens see quite clearly the ills of the world - the degradation of our environment, the subjugation and brutalization of women, the starvation of children, the abuses perpetrated by corporate thieves and political bullies, the tyranny of terrorism, the hatred and fighting among peoples, tribes, cultures. Poverty, hunger, bigotry.
We see it all. And we are called upon to respond. We most certainly need to say something. And say it clearly, loudly and with the full weight of our moral authority.
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We need, in fact, to talk to everyone we meet, actually engage on a human level with those who we encounter as we make it through our day. Not just our families, friends and colleagues - those of presumed like-minds - but also the shoe repair guy, the waitress at the coffee shop, the post office clerk, the bag girl at the super market.
I once gave a presentation in Washington, D.C. about creating peace in our world and in our lives. During the question and answer period, a woman commented that she wished that she could drop her job and just devote herself to working for peace." "What do you do?" I asked her. "I'm a therapist," she replied. She surely has many opportunities every day to create peace and positive change in her professional capacity.
Some might argue that we don't have any choice in this upside down dangerous world and that we can't affect what will happen. But even if we can't immediately alter the course of human events on the world stage, we can certainly create change in our own lives and in all of the lives that we touch. And our thoughts are the seeds of that change.
Use your thoughts wisely. Understand their power. Thoughts have a tendency to become their physical equivalent. This is one of the fundamental laws of the universe... Because it is consciousness that creates reality, the kind of consciousness you hold - your vibration - actually creates the kind of life you're living.
- Dr. Christiane Northrup
Thoughts become words. Spoken or written words have the power to inform, inspire and transform. What we all have to do from now on is to stay alert, stay centered, keep connected and most important of all, keep talking. Talking, writing, protesting keeps the light of truth and tolerance shining upon the hidden agendas of governments, industries, institutions and individuals. Silence, like the dark of night, shelters nefarious deeds. Silence forgives violence.
I have been haunted recently by the words written by a Protestant minister after the downfall of the Nazi regime. "First they came for the gays. I am not gay, so I didn't say anything. Then they came for the Gypsies. I am not a Gypsy, so I didn't say anything. Then they came for the Jews. I am not a Jew, so I didn't say anything. Then they came for the Catholics. I am not a Catholic, so I didn't say anything. When they finally came for me, there was no one left to say anything."
Be bold.
       Make a statement.
                    Make a stand.
                                 Make a difference.
Buck up and say what is on your mind. The more you do so, the more empowered you will feel.
With blessings of the power of words,

Mockingbird Queen

Harper Lee This year is the 50th anniversary
 of Harper Lee's
To Kill a
 Mocking Bird
. Published during
 the Civil Rights movement, it 
 exposed Southern racist society
 and went a far way toward
 helping to change previously
 accepted attitudes of bigotry. In
 a most humanistic manner, it
 extolled the virtues of high-minded moral values and the courage to stand up for them.

It was an immediate bestseller and won great critical acclaim, including the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1961. It remains extremely popular with more than 30 million copies in print. In 1999, To Kill a Mocking Bird was voted "Best Novel of the Century" in a poll by  Library Journal.
As you grow older, you'll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but let me tell you something and don't you forget it - whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, he is trash.
- From To Kill a Mockingbird
Nelle Harper Lee was born on April 28, 1926 in Monroeville, Alabama, the youngest of four children of Amasa Coleman Lee and Frances Cunningham Finch. Her father, a former newspaper editor and proprietor, was a lawyer who served in the Alabama State Legislature from 1926 to 1938. As a child, Lee was a tomboy and a precocious reader, and was best friends with and valiant protector of her schoolmate and neighbor, the young Truman Capote.
She studied the law, but did not complete her law degree. In 1950 after studying for a summer in Oxford, England, she moved to New York City, where she worked as a reservation clerk with Eastern Air Lines and BOAC.
Lee continued as a reservation clerk until 1958, when she decided to devote herself to writing. She lived the frugal life of a starving artist in a cold-water flat when she wasn't traveling to her family home in south-central Alabama to care for her ailing father.
While living in New York City, Lee was reunited with her old friend Truman Capote and also became close with the Broadway composer and lyricist Michael Martin Brown and his wife Joy. In 1956 the Browns presented her with an extraordinary Christmas gift of a year's wages with a note: "You have one year off from your job to write whatever you please. Merry Christmas."

And write she did. She wrote her first draft that year and signed with the publisher J. B. Lippincott & Co. It took her two more years to complete the book, which was in many ways autobiographical. Her attorney father became Atticus Finch, who bore her father's last name. Harper, herself, was the model for the tomboy Scout and her friend Dill was patterned on Truman.

Truman Capote wrote about the character Boo Radley, "In my original version of Other Voices, Other Rooms I had that same man living in the house that used to leave things in the trees, and then I took that out. He was a real man, and he lived just down the road from us. We used to go and get those things out of the trees. Everything she wrote about it is absolutely true."

After completing To Kill a Mockingbird, Lee accompanied Capote to Holcomb, Kansas, to help him research an article for the New Yorker about the murder of a farmer and his family. Capote expanded the material that they gathered into his best-selling book, In Cold Blood, which he dedicated to Lee and his longtime lover Jack Dunphy. But he failed to acknowledge her contributions to the work. While Lee was very angry and hurt by this betrayal, she remained friends with Truman for the rest of his life.

Since publication of To Kill a Mockingbird, Lee has granted almost no requests for interviews or public appearances, and with the exception of a few short essays, has published no further writings.
Lee showed her scout-like verve in her 1966 letter to the editor in response to the attempts of a Richmond, Virginia area school board to ban To Kill a Mockingbird as "immoral literature":
Recently I have received echoes down this way of the Hanover County School Board's activities, and what I've heard makes me wonder if any of its members can read. Surely it is plain to the simplest intelligence that To Kill a Mockingbird spells out in words of seldom more than two syllables a code of honor and conduct, Christian in its ethic, that is the heritage of all Southerners. To hear that the novel is "immoral" has made me count the years between now and 1984, for I have yet to come across a better example of double think. I feel, however, that the problem is one of illiteracy, not Marxism. Therefore I enclose a small contribution to the Beadle Bumble Fund that I hope will be used to enroll the Hanover County School Board in any first grade of its choice.
 HLee Medal
In June 1966, Lee was named by President Lyndon B. Johnson to the National Council on the Arts and In 2007 she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by George W. Bush.

Lee continues to live a quiet and private life in New York City and Monroeville, where she is active in her church and community. Modest in the extreme, she assiduously avoids anything to do with her still popular novel.
I never expected any sort of success with Mockingbird. I was hoping for a quick and merciful death at the hands of the reviewers but, at the same time, I sort of hoped someone would like it enough to give me encouragement. Public encouragement. I hoped for a little, as I said, but I got rather a whole lot, and in some ways this was just about as frightening as the quick, merciful death I'd expected.

Harper Lee was not the first American woman to expose the brutality of bigotry. Below are several other sheroes who championed racial justice through their writing.
Slave Poet

"Phillis Wheatley, Negro Servant to Mr. John Wheatley of Boston."
Phillis Wheatley
 Phillis Wheatley was born in 
 Africa and sold into slavery
 when she was about seven
 years old. Her first name was
 apparently derived from the
 ship that carried her to
 America, The Phillis. She was
 purchased by John and
 Susanna Wheatley in Boston
 on July 11, 1761.

 She learned English easily
 and was taught to read and
 write not only in English, but
 in Latin, as well, by her
 mistress, an uncommon kindness during slave times. She soon exhibited a talent for poetry, which was encouraged by the Wheatleys.

Her first poem was published when she was twelve, "On Messrs. Hussey and Coffin."  The countess of Huntingdon, Selina Hastings, a friend of the Wheatley's, greatly supported Phillis' craft and financed the publication of her book of poetry, Poems. She was the first African American woman to publish a book.

Phillis Wheatley was especially fond of writing in the elegiac poetry style, perhaps as a continuation of the oral history and oration genres practiced and passed along by the women of her African tribal heritage.

She was a strong supporter of independence during the Revolutionary War and was invited to appear before General Washington in March, 1776 to recite her poetry.  Phillis' popularity as a poet both in the United States and England ultimately brought her freedom from slavery on October 18, 1773. 

She felt that as long as the white population engaged in the institution of slavery, they could never be truly heroic. Because of this issue, whites can not

"Hope to find
Deivine acceptance with th' Almighty mind
they disgrace
And hold in bondage Afric's blameless race."

Phillis Wheatly died in December, 1784 in Boston, Massachusetts as a result of childbirth.

On Slavery

Two Poems
By Phillis Wheatley

On Being Brought From Africa to America.

Twas mercy brought me from my Pagan land,
Taught my benighted soul to understand
That there's a God, that there's a Saviour too:
Once I redemption neither sought nor knew,
Some view our sable race with scornful eye,
"Their colour is a diabolic die."
Remember, Christians, Negroes, black as Cain,
May be refin'd, and join th' angelic train.


Excerpt From Eulogy to General David Wooster
But how presumptuous shall we hope to find
Divine acceptance with the Almighty mind
While yet o deed ungenerous they disgrace
And hold in bondage Africa: blameless race
Let virtue reign and then accord our prayers
Be victory ours and generous freedom theirs.
The Little Woman Who Started the Great War

  Harriet Beecher StoweThe American writer and
  philanthropist Harriet
  Beecher Stowe was born in
  Litchfield, Connecticut on
  June 14, 1811. She was the
  seventh child of outspoken
  religious leader Lyman
  Beecher and Roxana Foote, a
  deeply religious woman who died when Stowe was four years old.

Harriet enrolled in the seminary run by her eldest sister Catharine, who established a pioneer college for women. There she received a traditionally "male" education. At the age of 21, she moved to Cincinnati, Ohio to join her father, who had become the president of Lane Theological Seminary. She served as his assistant, taking an active part in the school, and contributing stories and sketches to local journals and compiling a school geography.

In 1836 she married Calvin Ellis Stowe, a professor at the seminary and an ardent critic of slavery. The Stowes supported the Underground Railroad and sheltered several fugitive slaves in their home.

In 1850, Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Law, prohibiting assistance to fugitives. Stowe was moved to present her objections on paper, and in June 1851, the first installment of Uncle Tom's Cabin appeared in the antislavery journal National Era.
Uncle Tom's Cabin was published in book form in 1852. It had a profound effect on attitudes toward African Americans and slavery in the United States. Uncle Tom's Cabin was the best-selling novel of the 19th century and the second best-selling book of that century, only second to the Bible. In the first year after it was published, 300,000 copies of the book were sold in the United States alone. Stowe, the 40-year-old mother of seven children sparked a national debate and, as Abraham Lincoln is said to have noted, a war.

"So you are the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war!"
- Abraham Lincoln

The book was extremely popular, and was translated into at least twenty-three languages. Harriet used the reputation that the book won her to promote a moral and religious resistance to slavery. She reinforced her story with A Key to Uncle Tom's Cabin, in which she presented a large number of documents and testimonies against slavery.

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She traveled to Europe in 1853 to establish a dialogue between Englishwomen and Americans on slavery, the question of the day. In 1856 she published Dred: a Tale of the Dismal Swamp, in which she showcased the deterioration of a society that depended upon slavery.

The establishment of The Atlantic Monthly in 1857 gave her a constant vehicle for her writings. She spent the rest of her life as a woman of letters writing novels, of which The Minister's Wooing (1859) is best known, and many studies of social life in the form both of fiction and essay. She also published a small volume of religious poems, and towards the end of her career gave public readings from her writings.

After the death of her husband in 1886 she passed the rest of her life in seclusion. She died on the 1st of July 1896 at the age of 86.

Sojourner Truth

  Sojourner TruthSojourner Truth was born
  Isabella Baumfree (the name of
  her father's owner) in 1797 in
  Ulster County, New York, one of
  13 children of Elizabeth and
  James Baumfree, who were
  slaves. When she was nine, she
  was sold from her family along
  with a herd of sheep, for $100.
In her new place she suffered brutal beatings. Soon she began to find refuge in religion - praying out loud when she was disturbed or afraid. Soon after, she was sold again for $105. She worked in the tavern owned by her new master, and, although the atmosphere was rough and morally questionable, it was a safer haven for young Isabella.
But a year and a half later, in 1810, she was sold again to John Dumont of New Paltz, New York. Isabella suffered many hardships at the hands of Mrs. Dumont, whom she later described as cruel and harsh. In 1817, her owner forced her to marry an older slave named Thomas, with whom she had four children.
In 1827, New York law emancipated all slaves. Dumont had promised Isabella freedom a year before the state emancipation, "if she would do well and be faithful." But he reneged on his promise when he claimed that she had become less productive after having suffered a hand injury. Infuriated, she spun 100 pounds of wool to satisfy her high moral sense of obligation, then escaped with her infant daughter, Sophia.
I did not run off, for I thought that wicked, but I walked off, believing that to be all right.
She went to work at the home of Isaac and Maria Van Wagenen. While there, she learned that Dumont had sold one of her children to slavery in Alabama. Isabella immediately set to work to retrieve her five-year old son Peter. Since Peter had been emancipated under New York Law, Isabella sued in court with the aid of the Quakers and she won his return.
During her time with the Van Wagenens, Isabella had a life-changing religious experience - becoming "overwhelmed with the greatness of the Divine presence" and inspired to preach. She began attending the local Methodist church and, in 1829, left Ulster County with a white evangelical teacher named Miss Gear. She soon won a reputation as a remarkable preacher whose influence was miraculous.
She resolved to become a traveling preacher and on June 1, 1843, she took her vocation as her name - Sojourner Truth. "The Spirit calls me, and I must go," she told her friends. In the late 1840s she connected with the abolitionist movement, and became a popular speaker for the emancipation of the slaves and the suffrage of women. Her speeches often contained personal testimony about her experiences as a slave. Her most famous speech, Ain't I a Woman? was given in 1851 at a women's rights convention in Ohio.
Her dictated memoirs, The Narrative of Sojourner Truth: A Northern Slave, were published privately by William Lloyd Garrison in 1850. The book brought her more speaking engagements, where she sold copies, giving her an income to augment her domestic labors.
Sojourner later became involved with the popular Spiritualism religious movement of the time, through a group called the Progressive Friends, an offshoot of the Quakers. The group believed in abolition, women's rights, non-violence and communicating with spirits. In 1857, she moved to Michigan to join the community.
In 1858, at a meeting in Silver Lake, Indiana, someone in the audience accused her of being a man because she was a strapping six feet tall. Forthright as ever, she opened her blouse to reveal her breasts.
During the Civil War Sojourner Truth raised food and clothing contributions for black regiments. After the war she was employed by the National Freedman's Relief Association in Washington, D.C. to work among freed slaves at a government refugee camp on an island in Virginia.
In 1864, she met with Abraham Lincoln at the White House. She took advantage of their meeting by challenging the discrimination of racially segregated streetcars. Sojourner also met Harriet Beecher Stowe, who wrote about her for the Atlantic Monthly and penned a new introduction to Truth's autobiography.

Sojourner LincolnAfter the War ended, Sojourner Truth again spoke widely in favor of women's rights and temperance and against capital punishment. She also campaigned for the federal government to provide former slaves with land in the "new West" to establish a "Negro State." She pursued this for seven years, with little success.
In the late 1870s a procession of freed slaves began migrating west and north on their own, many settling in Kansas. Delighted, the tireless Sojourner spent a year there helping refugees to build new lives for themselves. She spoke in both white and black churches to gain support for the "Exodusters." This was to be her last mission.
When her grandson and companion fell ill and died, Queen Sojourner Truth returned to Battle Creek, Michigan where her health deteriorated. She died there on November 26, 1883, at the age of 86.

Ain't I A Woman?

Text of the speech by Sojourner Truth, delivered at the 1851 Women's Convention in Akron, Ohio

Well, children, where there is so much racket there must be something out of kilter. I think that 'twixt the negroes of the South and the women at the North, all talking about rights, the white men will be in a fix pretty soon. But what's all this here talking about?

That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere. Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or gives me any best place! And ain't I a woman? Look at me! Look at my arm! I have ploughed and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ain't I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much as a man - when I could get it - and bear the lash as well! And ain't I a woman? I have borne thirteen children, and seen most all sold off to slavery, and when I cried out with my mother's grief, none but Jesus heard me! And ain't I a woman?

Aint I a Woman?

Then they talk about this thing in the head; what's this they call it? [a member of the audience whispers, "intellect"] That's it, honey. What's that got to do with women's rights or negroes' rights? If my cup won't hold but a pint, and yours holds a quart, wouldn't you be mean not to let me have my little half measure full?

Then that little man in black there, he says women can't have as much rights as men, 'cause Christ wasn't a woman! Where did your Christ come from? Where did your Christ come from? From God and a woman! Man had nothing to do with Him.

If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back, and get it right side up again! And now they is asking to do it, the men better let them.

Obliged to you for hearing me, and now old Sojourner ain't got nothing more to say.

The Queen's Court

moon goddess The Queen's Court is a 
 gathering of sovereign
 women of a certain
 age - our dear peers - who
 graciously offer information,
 guidance, inspiration and
 encouragement to each

  We Queens know what we
 know. And we know a great
 deal. Our experience has
 made us wise. So, feel free to consult with our cyber council/counsel when you are need of sage advice or wish to explore a particular topic of interest.


These letters are from women who are reaching out to our community of accomplished Queens to give them the courage to follow their dreams. Have you ever been in their shoes? Please feel free to offer your suggestions, advice, experience and emotional support.
I have read what you had to say and I am one of those women that needs the support and encouragement to rise and shine!! I will be starting to write my first children's book and I need all the vision within me and some insight from close and far!! It has not been an easy road over the years and between you and me, my life is a book. I would love to count you as my new found friend. I know that you were sent to me on this journey so we may connect. God Bless and thank you sincerely.
- Lorraine, Ontario, Canada
Help! I am stuck. I want to start my own landscaping business. I have the training, the know-how and the experience, but I don't have the courage. I am terrified. I am scared of going out on my own. I am scared that I will fail. I also think that I am afraid that I will succeed. How weird is that? My ex-husband used to put me down and I am sure that I am internalizing his criticisms of me. But I don't know if I can break free of my fear. Do you have any suggestions to help me?
- Patti, IA

Please send your questions or responses to thequeenofmyself@aol.com. Your letters will be printed in the next Queen's Chronicles.

The Queen's Correspondence

 moon goddessThanks so much for taking
 the time to respond to
 The Queen's Chronicles
 Please keep your 
 comments coming. And
 do feel free to make
 suggestions about  
 content you would like to
 see. Or anything else, for that 
 matter. It is a joy to connect
 with you.

Letters In Response To
The May 2010 Issue:

Just read your wonderful issue of The Queen's Chronicles and wanted to send you this photo of a 3000-year old olive tree (actually the precursor to the modern olive tree) I visited when I was in Sardegna in 2004. This Being is truly amazing, as trees are! I've always felt a strong and deep connection to trees and I consider myself a member of the Tree Tribe. So, in that spirit, I send along this image of an ancient Tree Being who profoundly touched my life while I was on a Dark Mother Study Tour guided by Lucia Chiavola Birnbaum in 2004.
- Queen Mary Immaculate, CO
Mary's Tree

Thank you very much for including my image in your incredible Chronicle! Trees continue to be incredibly important in my life, so it was especially meaningful to be included in this issue.  
- C., NY
Thanks so much for the fab info on Trees. I just got a large oak leaf tattoo on my back, and am moving up to Ash Land. I love learning about the Ash more in depth.
- Graell, CA
Thank you Mama Donna for the wonderful article on the trees. They have long been an inspiration for me for their resilience and their silent witnessing. I also loved reading about Kimi who is working on the banner! I hope you will be posting some photos of the finished project!
- Cathy, MA

Here it is! Fabulous!
QG Full Bannermoon goddess

Banner by Kimi Capece

I really enjoyed The Queen's Chronicles about trees. Thanks,
- Asari, NY
Wonderful newsletter! Just wondering when we will get you to Northern California for a Queen Event?
- Le'ema, CA
Dear Le'ema,
Have crown. Will travel! I am open to an invitation.

Letters In Response To The Queen of My Self Beliefnet Column:
OMG, are your belief posts riveting. I get a notice and read it first thing every day. It's so nice to get the Queen in bites, and it reminds me every day of who I am. So much thanks. Love,
- Susan
I just discovered your blog and am enjoying it enormously! I don't have a question at the moment; only a few comments. As a writer and a Jungian, I too have been writing about the Queen for years, and am in the process of looking for a publisher for my latest manuscript. I just want to tell you how much I cherish your unique style and congratulate you on the marvelous work you're doing for women and society. I shall add your blog to my blogroll immediately! Much love and many blessings,
- Jeanie
It's easy to tell others how to "become" what ever the book or instructor has told us she/he is. Yes, this is a difficult thing. When we have lived in situations where our self-worth has already been taken away it is a difficult thing, and to gain it back is a painful thing and one that is hard to do without the help from others. Thank you for starting this blog. I hope to see many more posts and lots of ideas from those of us who are Queens and close to being Crones. I am looking forward to many more conversations.
- Iolani
This is so true! I struggle with this everyday - leaving behind the habit of always being a mother to my child who is no longer a child and instead turning that energy and care to myself so that I can then bring the best of who I am to my work and also enjoyment of life. Thank you for this wonderful reminder!
- Carolyn
Very interesting....I'm learning so much in the brief time you have been on this site.
- Pagan Sister
Thank you, thank you, thanks alot! I am 56 years old and still adjusting to the changes in my body, personality, and emotional nature that occurred with menopause. These changes for me were quite sudden and dramatic about three years ago. The differences between me now and me then are not negative, in fact, all the changes but a couple of the physical are positive. However, I was unprepared for the significance of menopause. I rank it up there with childbirth as a life transforming event. Anyway I look forward to your topic and this blog.
- Lindazzling
I found your blog this weekend, on the day I celebrated (dreaded!) my 50th birthday. Somehow, your vision of the goddess as an autumnal Queen is a more empowering transition. The fall has always been my favorite season, a transition from the exertions of summer to the repose of winter. Maybe, just maybe, this middle-aged stage won't be quite as bad as I had feared. Thanks!
- Peregrine
I'm so looking forward to this blog. The Queen years are truly a time of great power and challenge - so much life experience, energy and passion to bring to realizing our dreams, yet so many transitions, too. I thank you for being there for me and so many other women on this journey through your book, other writings, events and workshops, and so many other efforts over the years.
- Carolyn
Celestially Auspicious Occasions was my introduction to your writing, and being a gardener, the seasons have always been my symbolic guide to life. The plane of my life now has four supports, much more stable that way. 
- Hedgecrone
A friend of mine stumbled upon your Queenly thoughts right after I told her about a vivid dream I had in which I was wearing full Queen Elizabeth I regalia and was announcing that from here on I would be called "Gloriana." After reading your blog, I think you hit it on the head. I had already been coming to similar conclusions. You just said it so much better! I am 53, in great shape, am energetic and creative, think I am sexy, and am really ready to be Queen of my Realm!! Thank you for your input!
- Adeline
P.S. I also have some thoughts on women in their 50s being "tweeners" again.

Please send your responses to thequeenofmyself@aol.com.
Your letters will be printed in the next Queen's Chronicles.

Circle of Concern

Helping Hands Circle 
 Please Offer Your
 Purest Thoughts,
 Prayers, Your Great 
Feelings, And
 Your Very Best
For Healing
 and Peace of Mind To:


Alice, NY; Amy, NY; Ann, NY; Annie, MA; Barbara, NY; Betty, AL; Carol, NY; Carol, PA; Cat, NY; Chrissie, NY; Deirdre, NY; Devidam, NY; Edie, PA; Ellen, NY; Erica, England; Gail, OH; Gail, CA; Geraldine, ID; Glenys, Australia; Jane, NY; Jeanmarie, HI; Jill, PA; Jo, AZ; Kathy, RI; Kimi, NJ; Leslie, NY; Letitia, VA; Linda, NY; Linda, NY; Lisa, PA; Lucia, TX; Lynne, NY; Marcia, WA; Matild Cathy, NY; Nancy, NY; Naomi, DC; Pili, NY; Randy, MA; Reid, DE; Reynolds, NY; Sheri, NY, Sid, PA; Shirley, IN; Smriti, CA; Susan, NY; Terry, NY; Wai, NY; and Yvette, NY who are in the process of healing themselves from illness, accident, injury or surgery.
Amy, NY; Daile, NY; Donna, NY; Erica, England; Kayla, NY; Lee, NJ; Lois, NY; Meryl, NY; Nancy, NC; and Roslyn, NJ, the caregivers who are in weary need of care themselves.

May Their Spirits Rest in Peace:

Katherine Roberta Branchaud, NE
Sheila Bernadette Burke, ME
Judy Lynn Canion, AZ
Susan Cavin, NY
Rachel Drexler, NY
Linda Grey, NE
Kiteweather, MS
Susan Kleckner, NY
Sue Helen Miller, CA
Sharon Sievers, CA
Anna Siok, NY
Cheryl Vaughn, AR
Marcia May Virago, CA

With Sincere Condolences:

Roslyn Drexler, NJ
Michelle Klien, CA
Laura, NY
Eugenia Odell, CA

Please send your requests for physical and spiritual healing and positive energy so that the powerful women of The Queen's Court might send their prayers and blessings to you in your time of need.

As great scientists have said and as all children know, it is above all by the imagination that we achieve perception, and compassion and hope."
- Ursula K. LeGuin

Where the Queens Are

moon goddess

Every June for thirteen years I have facilitated workshops and rituals at Womongathering, an annual spiritual retreat for women. This weekend, for the first time, I was given my own space for The Queen's Court and a full schedule of ongoing Queen gatherings of all kinds. I had been preparing for this weekend for months, collecting fabric and bric-brac to transform the space, as well as gathering materials and supplies for all of the workshops, ceremonies and other events.
Alas, at the very last moment I was unable to attend, as my father-out-of-law died and I needed to be home. But the show did on, as it were. My right/left hand huge-hearted associate, Cookie, packed up my car with everything and drove, like Wonder Woman, to the camp to save the day.
She was met there by two terrific Queen allies, Chrys Countryman of Shokan, NY and Tracey Baum-Wicks from Syracuse, NY. Both women had participated in many Queen circles and ceremonies with me over the years and they made sure that at least some of the Queen programming happened. Did they ever!
Chrys is an extremely organized logistics person. She arranged schedules and organized spaces and worked with Cookie to facilitate all activities. Tracey is a sensual person and whipped that ugly empty gym into a luscious, voluptuous wonderland fit for Queens. And Cookie is a marvel, a passionate force of nature who pushes through obstacles and perseveres till whatever it is gets done. What a dream Queen Team!
I can never thank these three enough for stepping in and stepping up in my stead.
- Queen Mama Donna

The Queen's Court

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High Tea with the Queen

WG High Tea

Photos by Janice "Cookie" Pemberton

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It is my hope that as more and more women rise to reign in the fullest potential of our supremacy, we will harness our purpose, passion, and power and direct it toward creating a more balanced and peaceful world. This is the legacy of Her majesty.

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